Flower Mound High School Head Wrestling Coach Steven Davis was recently awarded the “Lifetime Service to Wrestling” award and is expected to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame recognizes people for their years of commitment as positive role models to their students.
“Every serious athlete entertains the idea of one day being included in a national hall of fame,” Davis said. “I am both thrilled and humbled to be recognized, and I thank the athletes, parents, coaches and administration of Lewisville ISD for 20 wonderful years of memories that helped me achieve this lifelong dream.”
Before joining FMHS in 2006, Coach Davis began his Texas career at The Colony High School (TCHS) in 1994 after working eight seasons as a Head Wrestling Coach in Oklahoma. He was elected to the Texas Interscholastic Wrestling Association Judicial Committee in 1994, and helped govern Texas wrestling before the UIL adopted the sport in 1999. The following year, he was elected to the board of the Texas High School Wrestling Coaches Association, serving terms as regional representative, treasurer and president.
He began a relationship with Texas USA Wrestling in 1995, working as a coach, then high school director, then deputy state chairman from 2002-2008. During his tenure, he was a consultant to the Dallas 2012 Olympic committee, worked as the field of play co-director for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials, and orchestrated the first live Internet broadcast of the High School National Duals and the High School National Championships from 2003-2005. During this time, Team Texas grew from a van-load of athletes in 1995 to three charter busloads in 2008 – a group that produced 22 high school All-American athletes.
In 1997, Coach Davis assisted in the founding of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, working as a photojournalist, announcer and eventually becoming the assistant executive director in 1999, a position he still holds today. He has been a contributing editor for Wrestling USA magazine, a national publication, since 2000.
His high school teams have excelled in the classroom and on the mat. He has coached 38 members of the National Honor Society; 20 Academic All-State wrestlers; four National Merit finalists; 54 All-State wrestlers, 23 state finalists, six state champions, six All-Americans, three national finalists; and a high school national champion. Wrestling teams under his direction have won 14 district titles, two regional championships, placed in the top four at the state duals four times, two-time University Interscholastic League’s state tournament runner-up and finished third in the UIL State Tournament twice. Davis’ high school coaching record is currently 497-139-2.
In 2001, Davis was recognized as the USA Wrestling Southern Plains “Man of the Year.” He has appeared in four editions of “Who’s Who” of American Teachers, and was inducted into the Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003. He has been recognized multiple times as a district and region “Coach of the Year,” and in 2012, was named the Texas Wrestling Coach of the Year and the National Wrestling Coaches Association Region VI Coach of the Year.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame program recognizes people for their years of commitment as positive role models to their students. Davis is expected to accept his award during a special “Hall of Fame Day” celebration on Oct. 25 in Stillwater, Okla.